The Encyclopedia of Container Plants : More Than 500 Outstanding Choices for Gardeners

The Encyclopedia of Container Plants : More Than 500 Outstanding Choices for Gardeners

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Container gardening is ideally suited to today’s lifestyles—it provides the excitement, versatility, and variety of in-the-ground gardening to those with limited space, time, and resources. But in order to make the most of container gardening, aspiring gardeners—whether rank beginners or seasoned veterans—need to know precisely which plants perform best in containers; just as importantly, they need to know how to grow them well.

Author Ray Rogers is the ideal guide to this world of colorful possibilities. An award-winning container gardener and horticulturist, he profiles more than 500 outstanding plants in 180 genera. Along with Rogers’s engaging descriptions, the entries include each plant’s height and spread; light, moisture, temperature, and soil requirements; ease and rate of growth; principal interest and design attributes; potential problems; and best method of propagation. To this abundance of useful information, Rob Cardillo’s stunning photographs add a wealth of visual inspiration.

Success with container gardening isn’t always instantly achieved—it’s easy to be seduced by brightly flowering plants at a nursery or garden center that turn out to be unsuited to the growing conditions provided for them, or that make poor companions for their pot-mates. Even a brief dip into this authoritative reference, however, is sure to yield a host of plants that will show just how spectacular a well-grown—and carefully chosen—container garden can be.

 


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After a career in public horticulture with the U. of Pennsylvania's Morris Arboretum and the American Horticulture Society, Rogers shifted to garden writing, speaking, and editing. An award-winning container gardener, he shares his expertise in this practical resource for all levels of gardeners, from the rank beginner to the seasoned veteran. The text includes an introductory discussion of the key considerations in container gardening; detailed descriptions of eight sample containers which demonstrate a wide range of plants, pots, and settings suitable for container gardening; and the A-Z encyclopedia profiling some 500 outstanding plants for containers. Each entry includes Rogers' description of the plant; its height and spread; light, moisture, temperature, and soil requirements; ease and rate of growth; principal interest and design attributes; potential problems; and optimal propagation method. Full-color photographs by Rob Cardillo, former director of photography at Organic Gardening. Oversize: 9x11.25". Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780881929621
088192962X
Branch Call Number: 635.986 ROGER
Characteristics: 344 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Cardillo, Rob
Notes: Includes index

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May 26, 2011

The author emphasizes the artistic viewpoint--colour and shape--with very little growing information. A "seed" catalogue will do as much for you. Also, be aware that he lives in New Jersey, and most of these plants will not survive our winters outdoor.

LPL_AdultServices Feb 26, 2011

The author, Ray Rogers is a horticultural expert so you can rest assured that you are getting correct and useful information on the many plants outlined.

Each entry includes the information you would expect (i.e. light and temperature required, ease of growth, problems, and length of season) but there is an interesting addition to each entry on design attributes which discusses the colour, texture, and form of each plant.

A great reference book!

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